Black Ships Festival this weekend


Events include the Opening Ceremony, Friday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m., Independence Park; two Sushi & Sake sails aboard the Schooner Aurora, out of the Goat Island Marina, Newport; Taiko drum performances; Arts, Crafts & Martial Arts Fair all day Saturday; and a Saturday night Gala at Herreshoff. See website for full details.

WHERE: Herreshoff tent and Independence Park in Bristol; Goat Island Marina in Newport
WHEN: Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15
COST: Varies; some events free
MORE INFO: 401/846-2720;

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